We are delighted to say we have found another way to display more at Market Lavington Museum without taking up more space. Is this really possible? Well yes, if you think through problems.
This idea started when our curator and archivist were on the wonderful Hebridean island of South Uist and visited the museum there. They had pull out drawers with glass lids in which small items could be stored and displayed.
We had some table top displays on metal frame legs designed to prevent use of the space underneath. The time became right for those legs to be replaced by glass topped drawers.
We sourced some second hand ones – actually from the highly prestigious Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. They weren’t quite perfect. They’d have been better had they been 4 drawers deep rather than three – but a plinth was made to mount them on and in one morning a small group of volunteers got them installed.
First the existing display tables were moved away from the space where the drawers were to go.
They stood outside temporarily.
Meanwhile the plinth was constructed.
With the plinth correctly sited, the drawer units were got into place.
The table top displays were then fixed on top.
There is still a little beautifying to do, but altogether we have 18 drawers there where once a framework of metal legs stood. No space has been taken.
We’ll have displays in some of the drawers when we open in May but this might be a ‘keep coming back’ project to see what else we have done.
Huge thanks to our supporters and volunteers who have helped to get this in place.